#31 Compassion International. I sent a Christmas card and money to each of the three kids that I sponsor in Ecuador. It seems funny to think about sending Christmas greetings in September, but they need time to translate the card and shop in country for appropriate gifts. I’m never quite sure what $20 buys as a Christmas present over there, but I think-I hope it might be something like a chicken. A gift that keeps on giving. Maybe clothes or shoes? I’m glad that someone else takes care of this for me, to tell you the truth.
Trying to keep a handle on all the STUFF that makes its way into my house is hard. Why is there so much stuff? I keep a “donation” box upstairs in a closet and downstairs near the garage entrance so I have a designated spot to put clothes that don’t fit anyone, books that I’m ready to pass along and other STUFF that I want out of the house.
#32 Library donation. I took a stack of books and magazines to our town library. They resell used books to fund library programs.. We love our library and are in there at least once a week. In addition to the many late book fines that I pay, (ahem) donating books seems like an easy way to give back to the place that loans me so many books. Right now Kaylee is my biggest reader, and she is into graphic novels. She’s flying through the “Bones” series and has read almost all the other graphic novels on the shelves.
#33 Salvation Army. I emptied out my donation boxes and took them to the Salvation Army. A few years ago I did a comparison of all the thrift stores around my town and found that the Salvation Army is the only one that is not for profit (Savers is actually FOR profit) and keeps the funds local.
#34 Recycling Makes Cents This place is super fast at recycling cans and bottles. They will pay out in cash, or donate to a charity. I asked them to donate my cans to a homeless shelter, The Open Door Mission.
September is my birthday month and I am challenging myself to be intentionally generous, thoughtful, giving towards strangers, people I love and myself throughout the month. My challenge is to find 38 ways to celebrate my 38 years on earth. Some of them might take some planning, some time, some money and others might be things I need to get off my to do list or my “want to do list”. I hope some of them will be spontaneous, mindful moments.
Do you want to see what else I did to celebrate my birthday this year?